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Sports in brief: Sixth-inning double lifts Canada past U.S. 2-1 at Pan Am Games in gold-medal game

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sixth-inning double lifts canada past u.s. 2-1 for gold

LAGOS DE MORENO, Mexico — With one swing of the bat, Jimmy Van Ostrand drove in the only two runs Canada needed to beat the United States 2-1 Tuesday and win gold at the Pan American Games.

With two on in the top of the sixth, Van Ostrand doubled down the rightfield line to bring in Chris Robinson and Tim Smith. Robinson and Smith had two-out singles.

Andrew Albers started for Canada and gave up six hits while striking out eight through 62/3 innings. Scott Richmond finished, striking out three with no hits.

Brett Carroll doubled home A.J. Pollock to give the United States the lead in the first.


Wozniacki rallies in opener at WTA Championships

Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki rallied past Agnieszka Radwanska 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 in their opening round-robin match at the WTA Championships in Istanbul.

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and U.S. Open winner Sam Stosur also began the group stage with a victory at the season-ending tournament. Kvitova beat Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-4 in the Red Group — which also includes Wozniacki and Radwanska — while Stosur defeated Maria Sharapova 6-1, 7-5 in the White Group.

Stosur breezed through the first set without facing a break point against the second-ranked Sharapova, who played her first match since pulling out of the quarterfinals in Tokyo with an ankle injury last month.

muster's Comeback short-lived: Former top-ranked Thomas Muster's brief comeback ended after a 6-2, 6-3 loss to Dominic Thiem in the first round of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. Muster, 44, returned to competitive tennis in 2010 after 11 years away and had two wins in 26 matches — both on the lower-tier Challenger circuit.

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Autos: NASCAR has issued four-week suspensions to the crew chiefs and car chiefs for Martin Truex Jr., David Reutimann and Bobby Labonte. Chad Johnson, Rodney Childers and Frank Kerr also were fined $50,000 each, and the drivers docked 25 points apiece. The penalties are from illegal windshields discovered during Friday inspection at Talladega Superspeedway. NASCAR says they did not have the appropriate thickness. The windshields were never used in competition.

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Sports in brief: Sixth-inning double lifts Canada past U.S. 2-1 at Pan Am Games in gold-medal game 10/25/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 11:58pm]
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